“Competition for Upa it’s very strong “, sources close to the French central explain to AS. The Premier seemed to be the winning horse last summer, with Arsenal as the main bidder (punctured with Leipzig), but now the situation is different due to the growth of Upamecano in this unfinished season, together with the uncertainty caused by the crisis in the coronavirus. The French center back has the frying pan by the handle because, whatever happens, he wants to leave his current club. As this newspaper reported, he has pressured Leipzig to sell him. Alone has a contract until 2021 and is in the same as its termination clause this summer will drop from € 100 to € 60M.That is the number that Bayern plans to offer, according to information from Sport Bild. They are determined after monitoring Upamecano intensively. But the price could go down. For the Covid-19 and because then there was Zidane (and by extension Real Madrid) involved.The one who attends the bid almost as a mere spectator is Leipzig. In January they rubbed their hands together because they still had faith in retaining Upamecano (“Dayot is one of the best in the Bundesliga, no wonder the older ones want himIn fact, it would be strange that in summer they did not call for him, but we trust that he continues to grow here, “said his sports director), but they already privately assume that they will escape.Bayern offers ownership … Madrid has ZizouAlthough the defender’s environment wants a pause in this spiral of uncertainty generated by the coronavirus to better evaluate his options, in Munich and Madrid they handle different cards in this game. Bayern would offer Upamecano ownership as caramel and the factor that the Bundesliga already knows and adaptation is not in danger. AND at the Bernabéu there is the magnetism of Zidane when it comes to convincing potential signings … A hand in hand by Upamecano. Real Madrid and Bayern All their lives they have played intense duels on the field of play and now they will have another one, but in the offices. As AS published last 10th, French central defender Dayot Upamecano (RB Leipzig, 21 years old) Zidane especially likes it, but also the Munich giant. The Bavarian entity had been carefully planning the reconstruction of its defense because Jerome Boateng and David Alaba they are at the exit door and Upamecano tops their list …
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP): Argentina and Brazil drew 1-1 in their much-awaited World Cup qualifier on Friday, with neither of the traditional South American powers able to secure the victory needed to kick-start their slow start to the 2018 qualifying campaign. Ezequiel Lavezzi scored in the 34th minute for Argentina, but Lucas Lima levelled in the 59th to disappoint a sellout crowd at River Plate’s Monumental Stadium in the Argentine capital. Argentina, the World Cup runners-up last year in Brazil, have only two points from three qualifying games. They played on Friday without three injured stars – Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez – and it showed. Brazil have four points from three games. they had Neymar back from a four-game ban, but continued to struggle with pressure mounting on coach Dunga and Argentina’s Gerardo Martino. Ecuador lead South American qualifying with a perfect nine points, followed by Chile with seven and Uruguay with six. Peru recorded their first points of the campaign after two losses by winning 1-0 at home against Paraguay. Jefferson Farfan scored the sole goal in the 20th minute and the hosts held on in a match they could not afford to lose if they were to challenge for the top four spots which yield World Cup berths. The classic showdown between South America’s traditional powers was delayed a day when torrential rain in Buenos Aires prompted officials to call off the match before it began on Thursday. Friday’s match began with a minute of silence for the scores killed in Friday’s shootings and explosions in Paris. Lavezzi broke through as Argentina dominated the first half, lashing in a short-range shot from a perfect cross from the right side by Gonzalo Higuain. It was Argentina’s first goal in three World Cup qualifiers. The goal came after Argentina dominated the first half with Ever Banega, Angel Di Maria and Facundo Roncaglia testing Brazil keeper Alisson with early chances. Neymar hardly touched the ball in the first half and was ineffective when he did. Brazil had few chances and seldom mounted an attack, though they pressed and were better in the second half. Banega should have put Argentina ahead 2-0, but hit the post in the 47th with an open goal facing him. Brazil capitalised on that reprieve and scored when Lima knocked in a ball that bounced to him after Douglas Costa had hit the crossbar. Argentina probably had the best chance to win late when Nicolas Otamendi’s headed a ball just wide of the near post in the 86th. In the next round of qualifiers on Tuesday, it’s: Colombia vs Argentina, Venezuela vs Ecuador, Paraguay vs Bolivia, Uruguay vs Chile, and Brazil vs Peru.
NOT NEW TO CONTROVERSY The interview once again sparked controversy, especially against the backdrop of his “don’t blush, baby” scandal during the Big Bash last January, for which he was reprimanded and fined for his contentious comments. Somerset, with whom Gayle will take up a six-match contract in the T20 Blast shortly, said this week they were “disappointed” to read Gayle’s comments and would talk to the player once he arrived at the club. The 36-year-old Jamaican is one of the most sought-after Twenty20 stars and is currently playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League. MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC): West Indies batting star Chris Gayle will not be returning to Melbourne Renegades for this year’s Big Bash League. The franchise confirmed they had decided to focus their attention elsewhere for the coming season, ruling out any possibility of Gayle being part of the line-up. “We’ll unveil our international signings soon and Chris isn’t part of those plans,” Renegades Chief Executive Stuart Coventry said. The move by the Renegades comes quickly on the heels of the latest sexism controversy involving Gayle last week. In an interview with journalist Charlotte Edwards, published in the Times paper in England, Gayle is quoted as saying he has “a very, very big bat, the biggest in the wooooorld”. He added: “You think you could lift it? You’d need two hands.” Edwards also said Gayle asked her how many black men she has “had” and also inquired if she had ever been involved in a “t’eesome”.
The St Elizabeth Technical frontline pair of Jovoney Brown and Demar James continued their rich goalscoring form as each netted a brace to fire STETHS to a comfortable 4-1 win over Lacovia in their ISSA/Flow Zone E daCosta Cup match in Santa Cruz yesterday.With the win, STETHS also punched their ticket for the Inter-Zone round with one game left in the group phase of the competition alongside Cornwall College, Dinthill, Manchester High, and Vere Technical.Brown has, so far, scored 11 times, while James appears to be just warming to the task, with five goals in as many matches. Their goalscoring exploits are all the more important with the season loss of dependable striker Romio Wright.STETHS move on to 21 points courtesy of the win, with the skillful James opening the scoring in the 8th minute. It was a simple goal, casually taken by the player, as his shot to the far corner was hard and low, leaving little chance for Lacovia keeper Chavaughn Dennis.His second came in the 56th minute when Dennis fumbled the ball and James capitalised with an even easier attempt to make the game 4-0.RACKING UP GOALSIn between his strikes, Brown, who has been carrying the bulk of STETHS scoring weight, got on to the score sheet in the 14th and 45th minute to take his tally for the season so far to 11 and second in the goal scorers race, two adrift of Jevaughn Ennis of Glenmuir High.”It always feels good to get goals. Today, we should have scored more, but four was enough,” he told The Gleaner.Oshane Staple scored Lacovia’s consolation in the 87th minute as the sheen from their win over the champions just over a week ago was muddied by the loss, which keeps them third in the zone on 13 points, with Munro College holding on to the second automatic qualifying spot.Munro easily brushed aside Black River 4-0 to strengthen their chances of advancing to the next round. They have 15 points.Yesterday’s resultsSTETHS 4, Lacovia 1Munro 4, Black River 0Bog Walk 5, Guys Hill 1Belair 1, Manchester 5Lennon 9, Knox 1Dinthill 18, McGrath 0Foga Road 0, Garvey Maceo 2Glenmuir 5, Denbigh 0
National sprinter Yohan Blake says he is aiming to have what he has described as a “magical” 2017 season.The 2011 100-metre World champion said his fans should expect good things from him this season because he is confident he can pull off a few surprises throughout the year.”I am confident, but I’m not really focusing on what times I may set this season because I love to surprise the crowd,” Blake told The Sunday Gleaner. “Many persons didn’t think I would come back and run the times I did last season. I was consistent last season and this season. I’m just looking to execute my race and I have things up my sleeve, so expect good things from me.”Blake said these surprises may come very soon as he expects to be back competing next month.”The Camperdown Classic (on February 11) and the Gibson McCook Relays (on February 25) will start me off, and I’m really looking forward to all of that.”Blake said he is not really focused on the task of trying to become Jamaica’s next “sprint king” when Racers Track Club teammate Usain Bolt retires, as he does not want to put any undue pressure on himself and he just wants to focus on improving on last year’s performances.”Usain Bolt has been pushing me in training already for this year,” he said.”I don’t know if this will be his last year, but I will try to motivate him to come back. But I’m ready and I’m feeling good. He’s (Bolt) happy with where I’ve reached with my progress, so I’m happy and the coach is happy as well.”REMAINING OPTIMISTICBlake said that although things did not go exactly to plan at the Rio Olympics (he finished fourth in the 100m final), he is remaining optimistic about getting back to his best this year.”Well, I was injured and my hamstring was torn completely off the bone, and for me to come back and finish the season with 9.93 (in the 100m final at the Olympics), that speaks volumes,” he said. “Going into the 2017 season, I’m feeling myself, I’m running really well and I’m happy.”
Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Reyes huddles Gilas at end of 1st quarter. “We’re up by one and yet we had seven turnovers.” Asks Filipinos to take care of the ball better. pic.twitter.com/JYYcBTynFK— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) July 15, 2017 Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Chris Paul looks to get over playoff hump in Houston 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Canada 90 – Williamson 15, Haywood 12, Kapelan 12, Smith 9, Wood 9, Friesen 8, Sutherland 5, Keith 4, Mordan 2, Bachyski 2Gilas 77 – Ravena 12, Parks 11, Cruz 10, Wright 9, Standhardinger 9, Jalalon 5, Myers 7, Paras 4, Pogoy 4, Ferrer 3, Belo 3, Jose 0Quarterscores: 19-20; 44-34; 66-54, 90-77Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TAIPEI – Using its advantage in size and athletic ability to offset its lack in chemistry, Canada 150 on Saturday afternoon put Gilas Pilipinas’ title aspirations in the 39th Jones Cup Invitational in serious jeopardy after a 90-77 drubbing of the Filipinos at Taipei Peace Basketball Hall here.The experienced Canadians, a merry mix of stars assembled recently from teams in the National Basketball League of Canada, held the Filipinos to just 14 second quarter points to scoot away and get their own bid off on the right foot.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Despite the attention, Kobe Paras remains cool in first Gilas stintGilas groped for form practically all game, even if it led by a hair after the first period as the Filipinos simply found it too hard penetrating with the Canadians clogging the lanes effectively well.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Next up for the Philippines is Chinese Taipei’s national team on Sunday and the Filipinos will be playing on borrowed time from now on as they can’t afford to take another loss and expect to win.READ: Gilas fate hangs on future pro stars This 10-team, nine-nation event will be just a single round tournament where the team with the most wins after nine playing days wins the championship.Using the name Mighty Sports last year, the Philippines swept this tournament with an import-laden crew led by former NBA All-Rookie Team member Al Thornton.ADVERTISEMENT IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation LATEST STORIES LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Despite committing seven of its 22 turnovers in the first period, the Filipinos were able to take a 20-19 lead into the second, only for the Canadians to finally find their rhythm and assert their character.READ: Ravena on joining PBA Draft: Only thing left to be done is pass application formThat, despite coming into the tournament with the benefit of four hours of practice together.“I really didn’t know what to expect coming over here,” coach Kyle Julius, a member of the Canadian national team from 2005-2007, said. “But they played hard and it resulted in a win.”Joey Haywood fed Michale Kyser for a two-handed alley-oop slam with 6:45 left that capped a 7-0 spurt for the Canadians and made it a 75-60 game, which basically put the game to bed.READ: Reyes sees growth as Gilas survives Alaska in testy encounter“I’m happy with the effort we came up with,” Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes said as his young crew matched up pretty well. He, however, pointed out to the 40 free throws that the Filipinos gave up which spelled the difference.“You can’t give up 40 free throws against a quality team like that and expect to win,” Reyes said.Keifer Ravena, who is set to turn pro in the coming PBA season, paced the Filipinos with 12 points, with Bobby Ray Parks shooting 11 and Carl Bryan Cruz chipping in 10.The scores: View comments
SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes reiterated that he’s not closing his door on any possible additions to his “23-for-23” wish list.“They came in their own volition,” Reyes said, referring to the Riveros. “We’re all inclusive. There’s no one who was prohibited or was asked not to come.”ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals La Salle had previously asked Reyes to refrain from naming Green Archers in his wish list for now after the school underwent a coaching change from Aldin Ayo to Louie Gonzalez.Reyes, however, is keeping his fingers crossed that things would turn out for the better for Rivero and his “23-for-23” players in the coming days.“It remains to be seen what will happen in the next couple of weeks,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Wolves steamroll Cavs behind Butler, Wiggins Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson MOST READ Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone La Salle star Ricci Rivero, who was accompanied by his dad, was a surprise spectator in the national team’s evening practice at Meralco Gym on Monday that raised speculations of him joining the pool soon.READ: Ricci Rivero makes surprise appearance at Gilas practiceFEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut Reyes said that as much as the high-flyer would like to be a part of the cadet squad, things must be cleared up with his school first.“[The Riveros] have really been in touch with us since the list came out. But we had to explain the situation they had with the school. They asked if they can tryout, but it has to be something we talk about with their school,” he said. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
“Our guys are dying to get to the All-Star break,” Kerr told reporters. “We’re limping to the finish line to the All-Star break.”But that respite won’t come until February 16, and the Warriors had six games to go before then, starting with a clash with the Denver Nuggets on Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Warriors at 41-11 are just two games ahead of the Houston Rockets for first place in the Western Conference.On Friday in Sacramento they coughed up 25 turnovers — one short of their season-worst — and didn’t put the lowly 16-35 Kings away until the fourth quarter. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors stands on the court during their game against the New York Knicks at ORACLE Arena on January 23, 2018 in Oakland, California. AFPLOS ANGELES, United States — The Golden State Warriors own the best record in the NBA, but coach Steve Kerr says the reigning champions are feeling the effects of the fight to stay at the top.Kerr said after the Warriors’ sloppy win over the Sacramento Kings on Friday that his players are “mentally fried”.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases On Saturday they were trying to wrap up a three-game road trip with a winning record, after opening it with a blowout loss to the Utah Jazz. /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak NLEX ends slump, trips Ginebra OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track
It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJayson Castro made the game-sealing floater with 10.6 seconds left as Gilas Pilipinas bounced back with an 89-84 win over Japan Sunday in the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers at Mall of Asia Arena.The Philippines lost a 15-point lead but denied the visitors the upset behind Castro and Andray Blatche, who split his charities with 5.5 ticks remaining.ADVERTISEMENT UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES NU sustains dominance, beats UST The Scores:PHILIPPINES 89 — Blatche 18, Rosario 14, Ravena 13, Abueva 8, Castro William 8, Norwood 8, Fajardo 7, Pogoy 6, Aguilar 5, Jalalon 2, Wright 0.JAPAN 84 — Hiejima 23, Brown 16, Tanaka 12, Shinoyama 9, Tsuji 8, Ota 6, Takeuchi 5, Uto 3, Harimoto 2, Furukawa 0, Hashimoto 0, Nagayoshi 0.Quarters: 21-22, 46-41, 72-61, 89-84.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Filipinos rose to 3-1 in Group B of the first round of the qualifiers, sweeping Japan in their home-and-away series and clinched a spot in the second round.Blatche had his best outing to date in the World Cup qualifiers, finishing with 18 points, 16 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block in 30 minutes of play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkTroy Rosario also had a triumphant return, firing 14 markers on 2-of-4 shooting from three and grabbing four boards, while Kiefer Ravena provided the spark 13 points, two rebounds, five assists and two steals.Castro, who returned to the lineup after missing the game against Australia due to an ankle sprain, had all of his eight markers in the second half. Missing six of its first eight shots, Gilas’ lackluster start saw the visitors run to a 20-4 lead before Ravena turned the tide and ignited a 17-2 blast to close the gap, 22-21, at the end of the first quarter.Rosario kept that flame burning in the second quarter as the Philippines staged a 20-4 run to grab a 41-26 lead. Makoto Hiejima and Ira Brown conspired to help the Japanese recover and pull within two, 43-41, before Rosario ended the first half with a booming triple for a 46-41 halftime edge.Blatche finally played true to form in the third frame, keeping Gilas in front before Castro and Calvin Abueva picked up the slack late and give the home team a 72-61 lead at the end of the period.Gilas Pilipinas faces Chinese Taipei in Taiwan on June 29, before seeking retribution against Australia at Philippine Arena on July 2 to wrap up the first round of the Asian qualifiers.Hiejima paced winless Japan (0-4) with 23 points, four rebounds, two assists, and two blocks, while Brown got 16 markers and eight boards.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ View comments
Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, right, shoots as Cleveland Cavaliers forward Jeff Green defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Julius Randle had a career-high 36 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists, and the Los Angeles Lakers auditioned for LeBron James’ favor in free agency with a 127-113 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night.Isaiah Thomas had 20 points, nine assists and five rebounds against his former teammates as the Lakers roared away from James and the defending Eastern Conference champions in the second half. With its sixth win in eight games overall, Los Angeles (30-36) emphatically snapped a seven-game losing streak against Cleveland.ADVERTISEMENT The Lakers’ solid effort against Cleveland underlined that notion, for whatever it’s worth in James’ mind. And Los Angeles’ top young talent wasn’t even completely on the court: Top scorer Brandon Ingram missed his fifth straight game with a groin strain, while rookie Josh Hart remains out with a broken hand.TIP-INSCavaliers: Kyle Korver scored 12 points while playing with a bruised right foot. … Cleveland dressed only 11 players with several long-term injuries. UCLA product Kevin Love remains sidelined with a broken hand.Lakers: Ingram was re-evaluated Sunday. He is progressing well, but the Lakers expect him to miss at least two more games. … Fans near courtside included Chargers coach Anthony Lynn, Chargers Pro Bowl receiver Keenan Allen, Rams All-Pro running back Todd Gurley, comedians Jerrod Carmichael and Marlon Wayans and former Lakers forward Lamar Odom.OH HELLO THERE: With the Lakers up 16 points in the fourth quarter, Magic spent a timeout greeting James’ agent, Rich Paul, and his longtime manager, Maverick Carter, at their courtside seats.I.T. PROFESSIONAL: Thomas’ parting with Cleveland wasn’t harmonious, and he showed off his elite scoring form. After the 5-foot-9 dynamo rebounded his own missed 3-pointer and hit a key jumper late in the third quarter, he took a long look in the direction of the Cavs’ bench and coach Tyronn Lue — or maybe just at Floyd Mayweather, his good friend sitting next to Jack Nicholson.UP NEXTCavaliers: At the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.Lakers: Host the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer James had 24 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Cavs, who have lost four of six after getting swept at Staples Center by the Clippers and Lakers.The Cavs were no match for Randle, who produced one of the most impressive games of his career. The bruising forward scored 23 points in the second half and went 14 for 18 from the field overall before leaving to a huge late ovation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThomas also shone in his first game against the Cavs since they traded him to Los Angeles last month and ended their brief attempt to replace Kyrie Irving with the undersized scoring machine. He scored eight points in 2 ½ minutes early in the fourth quarter to put the game away.Starting center Larry Nance Jr. had 24 points and eight rebounds, and Jordan Clarkson added four points in their first game against the Lakers since they were traded for Thomas and Channing Frye on Feb. 8. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson NCAA on the bubble: Virginia gets top billing for March Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Brook Lopez scored 22 points for the Lakers, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 20.James put on his usual stunning display at Staples, including a breathtaking, one-handed pass late in the first half. But he spent the final minutes on the bench after the Lakers showed off their potential by running away.Magic Johnson acknowledged the Lakers swung last month’s trade with Cleveland to get into prime salary-cap position to chase elite free agents this summer — and the top name on that list will be James.The three-time NBA champion already has a reported $23 million mansion in Brentwood and a burgeoning career as an entertainment mogul, so a move to Hollywood could be a logical step off the court for the 33-year-old veteran.But James is unlikely to join a team that can’t immediately contend for championships with his addition. The Lakers’ entire season has been designed to prove their young core would fit splendidly around James, Paul George or DeMarcus Cousins — or failing that, the top free agents in the class of 2019.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments